Friday, November 17, 2006

Aloo Paratha (Potato stuffed Indian Bread)

Aloo Paratha

Well long time since I blogged. Life has become very hectic lately :) which I guess is a good thing but then I don't get the time to blog as often as I want to. I have so many pictures of so many recipes to post that my "to_post" folders are taking up more space than my "on_blog" folders.

I made these aloo parathas on a lazy Sunday afternoon and froze them in batches. This was my first time freezing the parathas and they were just as good as new when defrosted and heated up. Thanks to Saffron Hut for the freezing instructions.

I am going to post this as a multi-step process instead of my usual write-up template :).

Step 1: Boil 2-3 large potatoes until soft. Peel the skin. Put them in a food processor, about a teaspoon of cumin seeds, one or two green chilis, handful of cilantro, a little salt and pulse until the whole mixture forms a ball in the food processor. If you don't have a food processor all these ingredients can be chopped and mashed together as well.

Step 2: Combine 2 cups of chapathi/paratha atta (I used Golden Temple brand), a pinch of salt, a teaspoon of ajwain seeds and knead into a pliable dough with luke warm water. Cover with a kitchen towel and set it aside for about 30 minutes.

Step 3: Divide the potato mixture into lime sized balls and the chapathi dough mixture also into balls (make sure the dough balls are a little bigger than the potato ones).

Step 4: Now on a floured board or countertop, roll out the dough ball into a small circle, put the potato mixture in the center of the flour circle, and enclose the rest of the dough so it forms a circle and the potato ball is inside the flour ball.

Ready to stuff the paratha with the potato mixture

Step 5: Roll the ball into about a 5-6 inch circle, fry it on a medium heat tawa on both sides with a little bit of oil until brown spots appear on the paratha.

Step 5: To freeze, let them all cool, alternate layers of wax paper, cover it tightly in an aluminium foil, date and freeze. I froze them in batches of 5 so I don't pull out all of them each time I took them out of the freezer.

Serving Suggestion: Serve with any pickle/achar and a side of yoghurt.


At November 18, 2006 3:32 PM, Blogger Praveena said...

Hi L2C,
Life gets like that sometimes. But atleast you are back in the game.
I haven't tried freezing aloo parathas as they never seem to last long enough. Maybe next time a make an extra extra large batch.

At November 19, 2006 6:16 PM, Anonymous shilpa said...

I looove aloo parathas. I haven't prepared them from many days. Your parathas look very lovely.

At November 20, 2006 6:18 AM, Blogger wheresmymind said...

Man...I know how hectic life can get! Welcome back cool kid :)

At November 20, 2006 11:14 AM, Blogger USHA said...


Your parathas look very nice.Can any one suggest idea for this issue.
While preparing fresh chappathi seems to be soft,once it is freezed and heated again....the softness is not retained....Pls help me out...

At November 20, 2006 12:55 PM, Blogger Lakshmi said...

wow, yummy aloo parathas. even Meena of hookedonheat too blogged it. So many parathas, wanna have them L2C.


At November 22, 2006 7:44 AM, Anonymous Linda said...

Hi Sam, parathas look soooo good! Thanks for the detailed recipe. I will have lots of leftover potatoes after Thurs... will certainly give this a try :)

At November 30, 2006 2:51 PM, Blogger Seema Bhat said...

wow thats a lot of alu paratha's ...they look yummy standing on each other i must say

At December 16, 2006 3:47 PM, Blogger KrishnaArjuna said...

Beautiful pictures Sam

At December 31, 2006 1:53 PM, Anonymous Priya S&S said...

Wishing peace, health, and happiness in 2007 and always. Happy New year to you and your family !

At January 01, 2007 1:14 PM, Blogger Nidhi said...

Here's Wishing you a very Happy New Year . May God bless you and your family with all the happy things in this coming year.

Cheers, Nidhi.

At January 05, 2007 10:31 PM, Blogger Dr. Soumya Bhat said...

Hi there.Im new one to your have a nice one going on here.Thanks.

At January 20, 2007 7:39 PM, Anonymous Lisa said...

I love aloo Paratha, but never try to make it myself so far... I think I should give it a try...

Anyway, nice blog... :-)

At January 26, 2007 4:44 PM, Blogger Inji Pennu said...

Where are you? Long time no see..

At January 27, 2007 1:22 AM, Blogger Nandini Gopinath said...

Hey! No new updates to the blog ? I've updated mine, finally !:)

At February 05, 2007 8:26 PM, Anonymous Nila said...


These aloo parathas look awesome. Want to make and taste them immediately.

BTW, I would like to share another version of paratha. I have tried this cheese or paneer paratha given by Chitvish in this forum...

It tastes great. Unbelievable!


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